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Developing Vocabulary for GRE

Nikitha, a student of ours, had this question - "Is there any kinda trick to learn vocabulary and do
remember them for a long time?"

I am sure, many
any might have the same question in mind.

We understand the difficulty with Vocabulary building. That’s the reason why we have provided a
variety of techniques in GREedge to provide different ways of building vocabulary, namely:

1. Images and audio in the wordlists in the Learning Tracker.

2. Interactive vocabulary tests in the Learning Tracker to enable
enable the learner to think actively and
apply the word in context.
3. Themes based vocabulary list: http://greedge.com/grewordlist/
• It classifies the GRE wordlist by themes
• Provides links to online articles that used the word – you would sample real-life
real articles
that use that word.
• Enables the learner to create and post his own usage statements
4. GREword locater – an online application that locates GRE words in a passage.

We would recommend the following approach to make your Vocabulary building an ‘active learning
process’ as against ‘passive memorizing’.

1. There are 50 wordlist sessions in the Learning Tracker, each containing 23-25
23 focus words.
2. Take one session every day. We have added interesting images to serve as mnemonics. Each
card also gives you pronunciation of the word.
3. Go through the cards. Bookmark those words that you find difficult.
4. Take
ake a vocabulary test immediately after you have perused the words. Apply the words. Think
as the question demands. Try to get as many Questions correct.
5. Revise the words periodically, especially the ones that you bookmarked in your Learning
Note that retention
etention and the depth of understanding of the words improves with-

• Regular usage of the words:

Try to use as many words that you have learnt in your everyday communication. But, it is easier said
thandone as you may not get an opportunity in everyday life to do so. The themes based word list offers
a good platform. http://greedge.com/grewordlist...

It enables you to create usage sentences and post them. You also get to see sentences created by other

Application of the word, really helps in increasing your understanding of the word. It makes learning

• Frequent encounter with the words.

To increase the chances of increasing your encountering GRE words, you need to develop the habit of

GRE words are a bit advanced and usually not encountered in usual material like new-paper
new reports or
popular articles on sports, films and entertainment or politics.

These words are found usually in editorial articles, opinion pages, essays of popular
popular newspapers and
serious magazines. We would strongly recommend you to start reading such articles online. Two or
three per day should be good.

(The online articles from the editorials of The Hindu, Economic Times, Hindustan Times, Washington
Post, The Guardian, The Economist are some that we would recommend).

It will have numerous benefits from GRE perspective:

1. reinforce your understanding of words. Encounter new words in context.

2. Developing reading skills and reading speed. Will help you in RC.
3. Expose you to a variety of topics - economics, politics, history, management, sociology etc. Make
sure you read a variety of topics and not just stick to your favorites.
4. Give you ample ideas and contemporary examples, which will later be useful for essay writing

Use this app to locate GRE words in the articles that you read: http://wizdom.in/WIA1.1/index.php

Wish you a powerful Vocabulary!!

SFA team, GREedge.com